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THE BLESBOK

23 May 2013

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Scientific Name : Damaliscus pygargus phillipsi

Weight (Ram) : 75kg

Weight: (Ewe) : 65kg

Shoulder height (Ram) : 95cm

Shoulder height (Ewe) : 93cm

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The blesbok Damaliscus pygargus phillipsi and the bontebok Damaliscus pygargus pygargus are subspecies of Damaliscus pygargus which only occurs in South Africa. Damaliscus pygargus was first described as Antilope pygargus by Pallas in 1767 based on a bontebok that was collected from near the Swart River in Caledon, Western Cape, but the name Damaliscus was created in 1894 by Sclater and Thomas because Antilope only occurs in India. The blesbok was first described as Damaliscus phillipsi by Harper in 1939 based on a specimen that was shot in the Free State. Only later was it realized that the bontebok and blesbok are subspecies of Damaliscus pygargus. A fossil ancestor Damaliscus nilo lived at Sterkfontein in Gauteng until some 12 000 years ago, while other early fossil forms of Damaliscus date back some 2 million years. There are four species of Damaliscus at present in southern and eastern Africa... (To read and see more become a Green subscriber)

 

References:

Grubb, P. 2005. Order Artiodactyla. In D E Wilson and D M Reeder (Eds), Mammal species of the world – a taxonomic and geographic reference, third edition. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 676 – 677.

Skinner, J D and C T Chimimba (Eds) 2005. The mammals of the southern African subregion, third edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp 653 – 658.

article by: Prof J du P Bothma

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